‘Make Money Acting’ Bootcamp
Saturday, March 18th 9:30am – 3:00pm
Cleveland, OH (Location TBA)
Learn how to get roles, land an agent, and make money acting on camera
Do you belong in front of the camera?
Do you have dreams of working in film, TV, and commercials?
The entertainment world can be very exciting, but also very daunting at the same time. Have the following thoughts ever run through your mind?
How do I get an agent?
Where do people find out about auditions for the big films?
Do I need headshots? Or a film reel?
Should I move to LA to try to find work?
How can I actually make money doing this?
If you’ve had any of these thoughts, don’t worry–you’re not alone! In fact, MOST actors have had these questions at some point in their career. People aren’t born knowing how to navigate the ins and outs of the entertainment industry–for most people, their knowledge comes from years of experience working as an actor, going to auditions, taking good roles and bad roles, working hard to get noticed by agents and casting directors so they can slowly move up the acting food chain.
That’s certainly one way to do it.
But if you’re like most actors outside of Hollywood, you probably don’t have the time or the energy to go through all of those steps. You probably have a job, or school, or a family to take care of. You may not have the flexibility in your schedule to go to EVERY single audition just to get enough experience to figure out what you’re doing. And really, who needs the frustration of going to auditions and getting tons of rejections when you may never even be considering a full time career in acting.
That’s why we created the ‘Make Money Acting’ Bootcamp. We will teach you, step-by-step, exactly what you need to know in order to go from no acting experience to booking national commercials. This information has been tested over many years, and is the exact same material and techniques used by talent agencies to get actors booked in commercials, industrial training videos, commercial print, TV, and film. The material works:
- Even if you’ve never acted before
- Even if you don’t have headshots, a reel, or any other marketing materials
- Even if you’ve met with talent agencies in the past and haven’t been signed
- Even if you’ve been the victim of one of the many acting scams out there
- Even if you have no idea who to trust or where to start
Hi, I’m Brian Bowers. I’m a former talent agent who has successfully negotiated tens of thousands of dollars in bookings for actors and models in commercials, TV, film, voiceovers, and print. I continue to work in the film industry today, helping producers and filmmakers create films as a part of the world’s largest timed film competition. I’ve worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years–as an actor, producer, photographer, entrepreneur, and more.
As an agent, it was easy to see which actors were going to be successful. The ones that did exactly as we instructed them did very well–they were called in for tons of auditions, got booked on lots of jobs (some of them very high-paying), and were even requested by clients for future gigs that they didn’t even have to audition for. That’s how I know the techniques I’m going to show you actually work–because they are the same techniques these successful actors used to get regular bookings and make money working in the entertainment industry.
What will we cover?
In the ‘Make Money Acting’ Bootcamp we will take comprehensive look at how the entertainment industry works as a whole, and then guide you through each step–from deciding how you fit into the industry, to landing an agent, and to getting auditions and bookings. You’ll learn more in this one day workshop than many actors will learn over the entire course of their careers!
Here is just some of what will be covered:
- how the entertainment industry works
- jobs in the industry
- determining your “type”
- how to get work in commercials, industrials, voiceovers, TV/film, and print
- contracts & releases
- getting an agent
- working with an agency
- rates & residuals
- headshots, resumes, and reels
- avoiding scams
- dealing with rejection
- auditioning on camera
- and more!
We first put this workshop together years ago. We’ve had time to refine things since then and add many new components based feedback from the actors.
Here’s a trailer from the first version of the workshop we did back in 2009:
What’s changed in the workshop since then?
Now we know even more about the burning questions many actors have–
How do I get auditions for the good job?
How should I format my resume?
What do I put in my reel?
How do I get IMDB credit?
How do I even know how much money I should be making for a gig?
Not only do we answer all of these questions (and more), we’ve prepared a great resource guide filled with samples, worksheets, and tons of great information that you’ll be able to keep and use in the future to help guide the path of your acting career.
Get real feedback on your resume, headshots, reel, and audition techniques
Notice that we call this a “bootcamp” and not a “workshop” or “lecture”–that means you will actually be doing the work, getting real feedback on your materials and auditions. After all, you are in the front lines of your own acting career, so how will you learn and grow if you never get a chance to get honest, helpful feedback from an industry professional?
During the bootcamp, you’ll get a chance to participate in or view:
- real cold audition readings for a variety of scenarios
- “on the job” direction that you may get–both good and bad, and how to handle each
- live teardowns of headshots & resumes
EVERYONE will get in front of the camera. EVERYONE will get feedback on their acting marketing materials. This is an all-skate folks–don’t sign up if you’re not prepared to participate!
The psychology of the entertainment industry
We often hear how cutthroat the entertainment industry is. Hell, some of us have even experienced it firsthand. But has anyone really prepared you how to handle it?
Be honest–how many of these thoughts have gone through your head?
Man, I really screwed up that audition!
What is the casting director even looking for?
Why would she have me that the line like that?
How do they keep getting cast in all of these great roles?
Why do I even try?
Acting is one of the most psychologically fulfilling and draining professions. Actors are expected to rely on their emotions to create realistic characters on film. But how can you successfully do that when so much of your emotions are drained battling the ups and downs of auditions, good and bad direction, not knowing where your next paycheck will come from, or if you’re constantly wondering whether or not you’re even cut out to work in this industry?
There are very few acting programs out there that prepare you for the real, day to day psychological and emotional issues that you will face working in this industry. Until now.
During the bootcamp we will provide you with a powerful psychological framework that will help you deal with actual situations that you will face every day as an actor–how to reframe the way you view auditioning to turn it into something you love to do; how to remove the emotion and identify the projects that will further your career and make you money; and the ancient philosophical practice that can help you tune out all the “noise” and naysayers so you can focus on what’s most important in your acting training, marketing, and career decisions.
‘Make Money Acting’ Bootcamp
Saturday, March 18th 9:30am – 3:00pm
Cleveland, OH (Location TBA)
worksheets & templates
coffee & bagels plus lunch included
Special Early Bird price of $75 per participant available until Friday, February 17th
Are you ready to take a giant leap towards making real money acting? Sign up now to join the bootcamp!
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What do other people have to say?
Actors that Brian has previously worked with have gone on to work on Broadway, London’s West End, national tours, films, and broadcast and cable television.
“The first time I met Brian, he drew me in, and boosted my confidence quickly. I grew as an actor and as a person in general just by spending a few short hours with him. As time progressed and I grew more he saw that it was time to bring me into the agency, where he personally took an interest in making sure I began working professionally as an artist. He organized the most important audition of my life to date. With a bit of advice from him I was cast in the role of Robby Sabian in “The Kill Point” where I was able to work with the likes of John Leguizamo and Donnie Whalburg. Brian is one of the hardest working men I know and he brings in an almost un-human positive attitude and work ethic.”
Ethan Rosenfeld-“Robby Sabian” on Spike TV’s The Kill Point
“I highly recommend this workshop for individuals that are serious about gaining information and confidence about the entertainment industry.”
Kevin Joseph Kelly-“Jimmy Sprinkles” from Fox 8’s That’s Life with Robin Swoboda
Frequently Asked Questions
[section title=”What if I’ve never acted before?”]
Perfect! This bootcamp is the perfect introduction to the business side of the industry. We’ll show you how to analyze your own look and skill level to find your “type” and how to build your actor’s toolkit to market yourself properly. You’ll learn where to find the good, paying jobs that will actually help your career, and how to get them. We’ll also cover a lot of information that most actors only learn through many years of experience, and usually many mistakes–things like which types of gigs are worth taking and which aren’t, what your next goal should be at any given stage of your career, and how to avoid the many scams in the entertainment industry. This information alone could literally save you thousands of dollars and shave years off of your learning curve!
[section title=”I’m already signed with an agency and making some money–will this help me?”]
Are you making a full time living from acting, making great money in multiple markets? If so, then congratulations! You’re probably in one of the top 5% of actors working today, so you can skip this bootcamp. But if these things aren’t happening for you yet, then there’s probably something you can learn by taking this. After all, YOU are responsible for your career, not your agent.
How is your agency marketing you? Are you being submitted for the right kinds of jobs? Is it the right time to join the union? What essential skill are you missing that can help you get more and better gigs? We’ll delve into all of these questions and give you a good frame of reference to tell whether or not you have a strong relationship with your agent, and how to continue to strengthen that relationship in the future.
[section title=”Will this help me get famous?”]
Probably not. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there are tens of thousands of people that report employment as actors in the U.S. alone–how many of these people could you name? Maybe 40-50 if you watch a lot of movies. How about all of the people making great money in commercials, industrial training videos, and the ever growing independent studio film industry? The vast majority of these people will never be a household name, yet they make a living doing what they love–acting on camera.
Do you want to be famous? Then this isn’t the class for you. Do you want to have a long career doing what you love in the acting industry? Then this bootcamp is a great way to take some big steps towards that goal.
[section title=”How much money will I make acting?”]
That all depends on you. We will never guarantee that you will make a certain amount of money, and anyone that does is either lying or a fool. We will teach you the business–you need to supply the talent. What we can guarantee is that if you do have the talent, and can follow the information we teach you AND work hard, you WILL make money.
As far as how much money you can make, there are many different things that factor into that including experience level, union status, location, type of job, who the client is and many more. Many talent with agency representation make $100/hr and up working various commercial clients, sometimes with additional usage fees on top of that. We will teach you how these different things come in to play when trying to figure out a fair rate for any particular job as an actor.
[section title=”Will this help me get work in theatre?”]
Theatre is awesome, but we don’t cover it in this bootcamp. Why not? Most people will never make a dime doing theatre. It’s even harder to make a living in theatre than it is to make a living acting on camera in commercial and films. Most actors working in theatre actually make their living doing commercial and film work. This bootcamp focuses on making money as an actor, and because the opportunities are so limited for that working in theatre, it’s just not something that we cover.
[section title=”Is this appropriate for kids?”]
The bootcamp is geared towards mid-teens through adults. However, if you are a dedicated parent that wants to learn more about how their child can work in the industry, then you are welcome to register them. The materials and character types that we cover are aimed for adult students, but the concepts will apply to students of all ages.
[section title=”I want to sign up my teen–can I bring my other kids as well?”]
Each participant must pay to register. We do allow one adult to attend with each paid child (under 18) registration. Any other relatives (adult or child) beyond that must pay to register.
We do offer discounts for multiple students in one household–email [email protected] with specifics on how many students you would like to register and we will give you additional information on discounts and registration.
[section title=”I’m not available on this date–when will you offer the class again?”]
We’re not sure when or if this class will be offered again, and even if we do it’s highly likely that the price will be much higher.
[section title=”Can I just pay with cash or check on the day of the workshop?”]
Sorry, we can only accept online payments in advance. Plus because everyone will get a chance to actually participate in the activities at some point, space will be very limited.
Remember, this is an investment into your career, and the price you’ll pay for this bootcamp is incredibly small compared the money that you can make using the skills you learn, and you should treat it as an important investment.
[section title=”Where will the workshop take place?”]
We will meet in a Cleveland-area location to be announced in the near future.
[section title=”If I register and it turns out I can’t make it, can I get a refund?”]
We understand that things come up, so if you notify us by March 11th we will give you a refund minus a 20% processing fee. Because we have a limited class size and are holding a space for you, we are unable to offer any refunds after March 11th.
If someone gave you a road map, would you choose to follow the path?
If you could coach an NBA basketball team, how would you do? I’m not a sports person. I wouldn’t have the slightest idea where to begin when it comes to coaching basketball. As much as I’d love to try, I would be completely lost even trying to get players around the court. But if I had access to the same playbook and training programs that the Cavs use, that would be a completely different story. If everything were laid out for me and all I had to do was follow the steps and put in the work, even a complete sports noob like me would probably be able to put the right plays together to get my team to not only score some points, but possibly even win big.
What about you? Would you take a chance at playing chess against the hustlers in Washington Square Park? If you’re not a chess fan, Washington Square Park is a public park in Greenwich Village that is the cornerstone of the NYC “chess district”, and is famous for the many chess hustlers that wipe the board with ordinary chess players like myself.
How would you fare during a match or two at Washington Square? Unless you’re a chess grandmaster, probably not too hot.
Well, what if you had Magnus Carlsen’s playbook?
I love this video:
These guys never even saw it coming.
Magnus Carlsen is the current World Chess Champion. He was a Norwegian child chess prodigy who became a chess grandmaster at the ripe old age of 13 (he’s 26 as of this writing). In this video Magnus decides to have a little fun with the hustlers down at Washington Park. These guys have no idea who he is, and he creams them in just a few moves.
You may not do well at Washington Park on your own, but what if you had Magnus as your coach? What if you had a chance to study with him, and learn all of his best moves that helped him become the world champion? If you loved chess, and really wanted to improve your game, wouldn’t you jump at the chance to know what Magnus knows–or even half of what he knows?
Now what about in your acting career? You have the desire–now what if you had the knowledge you needed to know which step to take next? You may not have all of the answers right now, and that’s OK. We’ve put together the playbook you need. It’s a proven system that has worked to get bookings for hundreds and hundreds of actors, and made them tens of thousands of dollars in the process. You’ll spend the day learning the skills and knowledge you need as an actor. Are you ready to make this investment in yourself and your career?
If you are ready to get serious about your acting career and start making real money, sign up now to join us on March 18th at the ‘Make Money Acting’ Bootcamp!
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